Probation Violation

Probation is a period of court-ordered supervision in which an offender convicted of a crime must comply, often in place of incarceration or prison sentence. Violating the terms of probation can result in more severe consequences, including extending the period's length or revoking the probation altogether. 

Georgia Probation Violation Laws

Georgia is known for having strict probation violation laws, including harsh penalties for violating the terms of probation. For instance, probation officers in Georgia have the authority to arrest individuals who violate the terms of their probation immediately. Those individuals may be detained without bail until a hearing takes place. 

Additionally, the state has implemented a "three strikes" law that can result in an individual receiving a lengthy prison sentence if they violate their probation terms three times. However, it is worth noting that the severity of probation violation laws can vary from state to state, and what constitutes a "harsh" law is subjective and open to interpretation.

Under Georgia Code § 48-8-35 (2017)'s terms and conditions, the probationer shall:

  • Keep away from harmful habits and unlawful behavior
  • Report to the probation office directly
  • Avoid persons and situations that might be a bad influence
  • Submit to testing relating to rehabilitation, like drug testing
  • Work in suitable employment

What Happens if You Violate Your Probation?

Violating your probation could result in additional penalties. Depending on the nature of your violation, these penalties may include revocation of your probation, additional fines, jail term, and community service.

You can fight your probation violation charges. The Bullard Law Firm can provide the legal advice and assistance you need to challenge your case. Our team can negotiate a plea agreement, challenge the evidence against you, and provide aggressive representation in court.

Felony Probation Violations

Failing to comply with the terms of felony probation constitutes felony probation violations. Examples of felony probation violations include:

  • Failing to report to the probation officer
  • Declining to pay fines or restitution
  • Failing to attend court-ordered programs

These violations in Georgia are taken seriously and can result in severe consequences. Based on the severity of the violations and your criminal history, you may face an increased probation period, additional fines, a prison sentence, or community service.

How Much Jail Time for Probation Violation? 

The amount of jail time for probation in Georgia can vary greatly depending on the circumstances of the violations. The judge can decide the next course of action if your probation is revoked.

You may be required to serve the rest of your sentence in prison or jail, and the jail term will depend on the length of your original sentence and the amount of probation you completed.

Contact an Experienced Atlanta Probation Violation Attorney Today

The consequences of a probation violation in Georgia can be detrimental, so it is best to take any accusations against you seriously. If you are facing a probation violation accusation, contact a seasoned criminal defense lawyer as soon as possible.

The Bullard Firm LLC can help defend against your probation violation accusations. Contact us at (404) 954-0598 to schedule a consultation and speak with our leading Atlanta probation violation attorney, Brandon Bullard.

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